Clarinetist Andrew Leonard performs with orchestras throughout the southwest and records for film, TV, and video games. Andrew’s joy in the classroom comes from artistic activation—engaging with students’ creative identities and desire for self-expression. He encourages young people to create more meaningful relationships with families, friends, and their communities through the study and performance of music.
He studied with Alan Kay at Juilliard Pre-College, and moved to California to attend USC, earning a Bachelor’s of Music in Clarinet Performance, studio of Yehuda Gilad. After graduation, he attended the Music Center’s Teaching Artist Apprentice Program and became involved with LA’s El Sistema-inspired programs including the LA Phil, Education Through Music, and Harmony Project. Andrew was bass clarinetist with the Austin Symphony for five years, from 2015-2020, and has also performed with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the symphonies of Santa Barbara, Las Vegas, San Bernardino, and others